Keystone Clay: East

Baltimore Clayworks is excited to host Keystone Clay: East from January 12thto March 2nd, 2019. There will be a closing reception on Saturday, March 2nd from 4-6pm.

This is the first of two exhibitions showcasing the ceramic programs at Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Our three Galleries will be displaying work from the professors and their students side by side, highlighting the ceramic education and inspiration. East will feature work by artists from Millersville University, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia University of the Arts, Tyler School of Art and Westchester University. West will be from March 16th– May 11th, 2019 with Arcadia University, Edinboro University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Juniata College, Penn State, Slippery Rock University and Shippensburg University.

There are many reasons for this theme. Oftentimes, teachers are so focused on their students, fostering skills, maintaining the classroom that one’s own studio practice is neglected or Call for Entries slip by. Or the cost of applying and shipping to a show is too much for a student, so perhaps this will be their first exhibition…of many. New educational models are in place with post-baccalaureate students and adjuncts sharing the classroom responsibilities with tenured professors and Clayworks would like to celebrate those contributions.

Clayworks really wants to support those emerging artists. Our mission is to “develop, promote and sustain” artistic talent, whether that is in our own classrooms and community or with our neighbors to the North. In addition, we hope our proximity will encourage those students to visit us, to be introduced to our organization and facilities (Wood kiln!) and perhaps encourage them to apply for a residency or internship, so in turn we can bolster that facet of our programing.

We are envisioning and exhibition that will showcase a student’s success that a teacher helped bring into fruition. Celebrate the artistic growth they have nurtured, whether being expressed in functional wares, large scale sculpture, intriguing installations and any ideas in between.

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Also on display is Baltimore Clayworksforce Development Program Inaugural Show from January 11thto March 2nd, 2019. There will be a soft opening reception Friday, January 11thfrom 1-2:30.

Baltimore Clayworks Community Arts program has partnered with Baltimore City Public Schools Transition Services of the Office of Special Education to create a new, innovative classroom where students explore creative ceramic practices along with developing skills they can apply to future work environments. The youth in this program are between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one and are new to ceramics. Over the past few months they have developed fundamental ceramic skills along with a knowledge of studio maintenance, firing practices and glazing. The students have had a chance to develop their fine motor skills and practice articulating and discussing their creative process in addition to developing a basic understanding of ceramic techniques. Along with the art work, students’ artist statements are on display throughout the space.

Both exhibitions are free and open to the public

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Sept/Oct Exhibitions

Baltimore Clayworks is excited to kick off the fall season with three shows that reflect the talent of our region and programs. The Main Gallery has work from area artists, the Solo Gallery boasts one of our Springboard artists and instructors, and the Project Space Gallery has ceramic wares and mixed media monoprints from a resident artist alum. The exhibition will be open September 15th through November 3rd, with an opening reception on September 15th from 6-8pm. We will also host an artist talk by our four incoming resident artists from 5-6pm. All events are free and open to the public.

Main Gallery: Welcome to Our Clayborhood

This exhibition is a small selection from the network of local studio artists and arts organizations that share our mission: getting clay into every hand. Some we welcome as our new resident artists, others have exhibited with us in the past, or have served as interns, and many are teachers inspiring the next generation of makers. There are artists who have home studios and others who create at places similar to ours: where a diverse group of folks comes together united under the ceramic banner. Clayworks wants to highlight their efforts, because it is a symbiotic relationship focused on a good cause. We all celebrate the craftsmanship and creativity of a hand-made clay object.

Some of the studios represented include: Red Dirt Studios, District Clay, Clay Co-op, Chesapeake Center for the Arts, Glen Echo Pottery, and many private studios.

Invited artists include: Cami Ascher, Cat Audett-Holt, Sarah Barnes, Lisa Battle, Jenny Beech, Margaret Boozer, Wes Brown*, Laure Drogoul, Katy Gmiter, Dani Hawk, Greg Holmes, J. Chris Landers, Christa Landry, Kathy Lee, Bianca Liscocco, Liz Lockett, Rick Malgrem, Jena Merrill, Antoinette Nero, Jason Piccoli*, Hannah Pierce*, Michael Poness, Tim Sherman, Hae Won Sohn*, Jordan Taylor, Joan Ulrich, Bill van Gilder, Matt Voelker, Sarah-Anne Winchester.

(*indicates new resident artists)

Solo Gallery: Have you been to the Wonderland Family Church? by Eileen O’Donnell

This solo exhibition includes an installation of sculptures that draw inspiration from diverse world cultures, ritual objects, and Alice in Wonderland. Modern myths and ancient religions come together to explore “the other” with resonance and humor to sustain the struggle to find meaning amidst the stress of daily life.

Eileen O’Donnell pursued her love of clay and the art of ancient cultures at Moore College of Art and Design, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. She has been awarded grants from both Creative Capital and the Louisiana ArtWorks, with her work shown throughout the country in several juried exhibitions. She has been a Springboard Artist at Baltimore Clayworks for many years.  Recently, she began teaching at Clayworks to share the mentorship and positive impact that she experienced from her teachers.

Project Space: Survey Being by Emily Irvin

This solo exhibition features vessels and mixed media monoprints which Irvin creates to examine the definition of being or the essence of self by illustrating the interactions with people and the physical locations she has lived. Poems work to flesh out the individual experiences, which are abstracted into vessel or cup form, constructed layer by layer with pinched coils, much like building a relationship.





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Clay from the Classroom, Beguiled, and Crows, Nests, and Vases

Baltimore Clayworks is excited to present Clay from the Classroom, Beguiled, and Crows, Nests, Vases on display in our galleries from June 2 – July 7, 2018.

Clay from the Classroom, in our Main Gallery, is our annual exhibition celebrating the talent and triumphs of our students and their instructors. Featuring beginner through advanced ceramic art from various classes during the past year, functional wares from mugs to teapots show off the techniques and skills of our students. Tile work, figures, and abstract sculptural art are also part of the show and reflect our course offerings. With our variety of firing possibilities, the artwork ranges from low-fire majolica and mid-temperature electric, to high-fire gas reduction, soda- firing, and wood-fired finishes. All work was created with the guidance and experience of our dedicated instructors, whose work will also be on display.

Beguiled, in our Solo Gallery, is a show of recent work by Lars Westby. Westby’s abstract sculptural works reference utilitarian and industrial objects, pared down to essential details that just allude to their original intent.

Crows, Nests, Vases, in our Project Space Gallery, will contain the work of Norifumi Taniguchi, one of our advanced, Spring Board artists. Taniguchi is inspired by nature and our relationship within it.

The exhibitions will be on display from June 2 – July 7, 2018 with a reception on July 7th from 6 – 8. The exhibitions and reception are free and open to the public.

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REINVENTED is an exhibition featuring twelve ceramic artists who utilize digital technology within a traditional studio practice.

DATES: April 14th – May 26th, 2018
HOURS:  Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm, Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm
RECEPTION: Saturday, April 14th, 2018 from 6pm – 8pm

Baltimore Clayworks is excited to host the exhibition REINVENTED from April 14th through May 26th, 2018 in our Main Gallery.  Curated by Adam Chau, Program Manager at Clay Art Center in New York, this groundbreaking show features twelve artists who utilize digital technology in a traditional studio practice. Each artist explores, experiments, and collaborates with new technologies including 3d printing, laser cutting, 3d scanning, CNC routing, and more.

Participating artists include: Andy Brayman, Jeremy Brooks, Dr. Katie Bunnell, Brian Caponi, Bryan Czibesz/Shawn Spangler, Sharan Elran, Brett Freund, Chris Gustin, Mia Mulvey, Megumi Naitoh, Paul Scott, and Joey Watson.

In addition to REINVENTED  the back room of our gallery will be occupied by the Towson University ObjectLab and their work from the collaborative class between computer assisted design and ceramic craftsmanship. This melding of the digital and analog will be represented in prototypes, process molds, and finished projects. 

The exhibitions will be on display from April 14th through May 26th. A reception will be held on Saturday, April 14th, from 6pm to 8pm. For more information, call us at 410.578.1919, or visit our website baltimoreclayworks.org.

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